UCL Medical School


Introduction to Assessment (PGMEG002)


The aims of this module are to provide students with a basic understanding of the assessments used in healthcare settings, their strengths and weaknesses, blueprinting, and a chance to practice item writing.

Intended learning outcomes

Participants will develop skills that enable them to:

  • Have an understanding of how assessment affects learning and mechanisms for assessing learners.
  • Explain the strengths and weaknesses of at least three types of assessment used in medical education.
  • Explain how to blueprint and standard set a test.
  • Describe the practical steps necessary to design and set an examination in a healthcare setting.

Course contents

This module will cover the ‘nuts and bolts’ of assessment. It will cover:

  • The relationship between learning and assessment.
  • Types of assessment - summative versus formative; self-assessment; peer assessment.
  • The range of assessments (MCQs, essays, orals, OSCEs, practical exams, Work place-based assessments) and their strengths and weaknesses.
  • the need for blueprinting against a curriculum, and the problems of standard-setting;
  • practical problems of writing MCQs, OSCE stations, etc.
  • The concepts of validity; feasibility and cost-effectiveness of different forms of assessment will be introduced as well as opportunities to write a variety of assessment items.

Method of delivery

Delivered by 100% distance learning.

Teaching dates:

Teaching BlockStart End Assignment due date Closing date for applications
Block 1Monday 9 October 2017Friday 1 December 2017Thursday 11 January 2018 31 July 2017 

If you have any queries please contact uclms.postgraduate@ucl.ac.uk.

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